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Chargers have depth at receiver, but injury history still lurks

By in Press Enterprise on June 15, 2017

By Jack Wang

SAN DIEGO — On paper, the Chargers have an impressive receiving corps.

There’s Keenan Allen, a legitimate star who finally looks healthy again after two injury-plagued seasons. There’s Tyrell Williams, who surprised just about everyone with his 1,000-yard breakout a year ago. And of course, there’s Mike Williams, whom the Chargers deemed worthy of the No. 7 overall pick after watching him win a national championship at Clemson.

But offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt isn’t inviting any jinxes.

“Every time we talk about depth,” he said, “we get hit by that bug in camp.”

To be fair, the injury bug has already chipped away at the roster. Williams has been sidelined for most of the offseason program with a mild herniated disc in his lower back, and may or may not be fully healthy to start training camp. Dontrelle Inman, who had 810 receiving yards last season, is out until camp after undergoing core muscle surgery.

For others, those absences signal an opportunity. Over the past few weeks, first-year coach Anthony Lynn has talked up Geremy Davis — a former sixth-round pick by the Giants — and undrafted Montana product Jamaal Jones, who made an acrobatic grab in traffic during Wednesday’s minicamp session.

Davis has only wo career catches in the NFL, while a broken thumb ended Jones’ chances of making the roster last August. If teammates ahead of them on the depth chart are sidelined — well, that means additional reps for them to try and impress coaches.

Whisenhunt said that for young players, much of the transition from college to the NFL depends on understanding the nuances of the playbook, as well as how to use technique to counter more skilled defenders. While some can initially skate by on pure, physical talent, that […]    

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